Outcomes and Impacts

Commercialisation and Consultancy

The university's long standing commitment to innovation is reflected in an environment at UCD which encourages the translation of creative research ideas into solutions addressing needs of the economy and of society.

UCD Research and Innovation is dedicated to supporting innovation throughout the university. We do this by supporting the UCD research community to:

  • Identify valuable research results and implement protection strategies
  • Explore commercialisation opportunities through licensing and spin-out company formation, development and growth
  • Develop productive collaborations with industry.

The members of the Knowledge Transfer and Enterprise Development teams based at NovaUCD draw on their network of patent agents, legal experts, industry and business leaders and investors, to support UCD researchers to identify, protect and commercially exploit their research outputs. They also provide a series of business support programmes for research entrepreneurs who are establishing, developing and growing UCD spin-out companies.


ConsultUCD - working with you

Academic consultancy is where a member of UCD’s academic staff works as an expert adviser or consultant to an external organisation, in return for a commercial fee. You typically use your existing knowledge and expertise to answer the client’s questions or provide opinions and advice, rather than to create new knowledge.

ConsultUCD has been set up specifically to provide a complete support service to UCD staff who wish to work as consultants.

ConsultUCD works with all disciplines and offers support for all projects, regardless of value or duration. If you would like to discuss an opportunity you have or would like additional information, please contact Elizabeth Nolan (elizabeth.nolan@ucd.ie).


Self-Service Supports

Local Supports

Some of the larger Research Centres and Institutes in UCD have specific Business Development Managers, who may assist you with the commercialisation process after you have initially contacted the Knowledge Transfer Team in NovaUCD. Contact your local Centre or Institute administration, for further details.

Central Supports

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The NovaUCD Knowledge Transfer team in UCD Research and Innovation is responsible for the implementation of UCD's policies relating to the commercialisation of Intellectual Property (IP) and for the management of the intellectual property portfolio arising from UCD's research programmes.  Specific activities of the Knowledge Transfer team include:

  • Support for researchers with regard to IP considerations for funded research projects.
  • Preparing research contracts, non-disclosure and material transfer agreements.
  • Assisting researchers in identifying intellectual property and completion of invention disclosure forms.
  • Performing due diligence on completed invention disclosure forms.
  • Searching patent databases in association with researchers.
  • Developing strategies for protection of intellectual property.
  • Preparing patent filings in association with patent agents.
  • Developing and implementing commercialisation strategies to exploit UCD IP.
  • Sourcing of licensees and marketing of inventions.
  • Drafting and negotiating licence agreements.
  • Meeting contractual obligations including the timely reporting of newly discovered intellectual property to the relevant state agencies.

If you require further information or support contact a member of the Knowledge Transfer Team

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An introduction to standards and patents, and key online tools to find them.

Patents Guide

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ConsultUCD is a new professional and commercially focused service for University College Dublin academic and wider staff communities.